The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has assured that victory against Boko Haram terrorists is very near while commending the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for their triumphant entry, clearing of the strategic town of Baga and in neutralizing the Boko Haram terrorists.
Buratai however charged the troops to be proactive and brave in their pursuit of the remnants of the terrorists untill they are completely eliminated.
The Army chief while giving special commendation to Commanders of the operation, assured that the welfare of the troops will be properly taken care of.
He commend the Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, and several other Commanding Officers including the gallant officers and soldiers, ratings, airmen and the Civilian JTF that “fought tirelessly and supported in liberating all those areas infested by the criminal Boko Haram terrorists.”
He said, “I am very delighted to receive the good news of your triumphant entry, clearing of the strategic town of Baga and in neutralising the Boko Haram terrorists that tested our might some days back. Your efforts and open display of gallantry, as well as patriotism that brought about this unprecedented feat, gladdened my heart, all Nigerians and indeed, peace loving people around the world. I am very proud of you all.
“I would like to enjoin you to consolidate on these gains by continuous pursuit of these criminal terrorists and neutralise them to eternity. You should be more proactive and continue with the clearance operations on any known Boko Haram terrorists hideouts in your respective areas of responsibilities. The Nigerian Army will continue to provide all the needed support to ensure that you succeed in this noble task.
“I have directed for more replenishment and special welfare packages for you all which will be made known by your various Commanders. I want you to invoke the spirit of courage and bravery that the Nigerian military is noted for, the world over. Victory is very near. Definitely, you are the ones that will make it nearer and sweeter.
“While praying for the repose of the souls of our fallen heroes, I wish all those wounded in action speedy recovery. Once more, I am proud of you all, you should continue to be motivated, maintain the momentum and the fight against the criminal terrorists until you clear them out anywhere they are hibernating on our territory. Well done our gallant troops, sustain the offensive and be assured of our total support. ” He said.